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Lille Christmas Market Tour

Lille Christmas Market

Lille Christmas Markets Tour: Suggested Three-Day Itinerary

Day One (Outward):  Local pick-up & travel to Dover. Ferry to Calais. Onward travel to your accommodation in Lille (3* B&B for two nights). Check-in & evening free.
(Note:  This itinerary can be adapted for groups wishing to travel via P&O North Sea Ferries sailing overnight from Hull. Please ask our staff for details).

Day Two (Lille):  Explore Lille's 17th century old town with its Flemish-influenced architecture before visiting the Christmas Market in the Place Rihour. Visits include:    
  • Grand Place (Place Charles de Gaulle):  Site of the medieval market place, surrounded by decorative brick buildings, pavement brasseries.
  • La Vieille Bourse:  One of Lille's finest buildings. Built between 1652-3 as a stock exchange for the merchants of Lille. There is a variety of shops on the ground floor.
  • Opera:  Designed by Louis Marie Cordonnier in the Belle Époque style.
  • Hotel de Ville  & Belfry:  The original town hall &the belfry were both destroyed during the First World War & rebuilt in the 1920s. The belfry is 104 metres in height.
  • Birthplace of Charles de Gaulle:  The house where de Gaulle was born in 1890. The  furnished rooms show the bourgeois life-style of his early years.
  • The Citadel:  Lille was ceded to France by the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1668. The Citadel was one of a chain of fortifications constructed by Vauban. (See also the collection of models & reliefs of Vauban's fortresses in the Palais des Beaux Arts). 
  • Christmas Market:  Lille has one of the largest Christmas Markets in northern France with a giant Ferris Wheel as its centrepiece.  There are more than 140 chalets & stalls.
Day Three (Lille & Return):  Morning visit to:
  • Palais des Beaux Arts:  Built between 1885-92 & now home to one of the largest art galleries in France. The original gallery was founded by Napoleonic decree.
  • Works by Raphael, Donatello, Van Dyck, Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya, El Greco, David, Delacroix, Corot, Courbet, Toulouse-Lautrec & Rodin.
Depart after lunch for Calais & ferry crossing to Dover. Return to your local drop-off point.

Add a Day with an Ypres Battlefield Tour:  A full-day guided tour including Hooge, Langemark German Cemetery, Pilckem Ridge, Essex Farm, Menin Gate & Tyne Cot Cemetery.
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